Portions

Joshua 19:51: These are the inheritances that Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the tribes of the people of Israel distributed by lot at Shiloh before the LORD, at the entrance of the tent of meeting. So they finished dividing the land. (ESV)

washing-404481_640The bible says: what do you have that you were not given and if you were given why then do you boast (1Corinthians 4:7)? Realising that whatever we have is from God should be a cause for humility.

King Saul did not exhibit such trait. Maybe he thought that because he was taller than all Israelites it was his natural right to be king. His eyes was removed from God as his source to himself. He was preoccupied with his own self-importance.

He defeated the enemy with the Spirit of God coming upon him and he thought he had arrived. He started behaving irrationally, making irrational decisions. He thought that since he was given the portion of being king in Israel, he can do whatever he likes.

Samson had a portion as a deliverer in Israel, but he allowed his passion for women to take it away from him as he died in his prime.

But Paul determined he was going to keep his body under so that after preaching to others (1Corinthians 9:27), making a lot of effort, sacrificing his life, he would not lose his reward, be a cast away.

Ultimately the Lord is our portion (Numbers 18:20). While the rest of the nation of Israel were given portions in the Promised Land, the Levites did not have any land, the Lord was their portion.

And for us as royal priesthood (1Peter 2:9), the Lord is also our portion. He is our inheritance. The bible says that if anyone will boast it should be that he knows God (Jeremiah 9:24). As we continue to grow in the spirit, grow in service, and increase in knowledge and grace (2Peter 3:18), our portion in the Lord expands, and the expansion can be infinite because God is without limit.

God has made man to be in his image, sharing his capacity, his multi-dimensional essence (Ephesians 3:10). In that case we have the capacity to grow in different areas.

We need to take deliberate measures to grow. It is not enough to desire growth, we need to take steps in that direction. We should never think we have arrived at any time. Paul said: this one thing I do, forgetting the things that are behind I stretch towards for the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).

At this time he had done some mighty things, taken many territories for God, but he set out to not occupy himself with the past but to continue to stretch forward to the future. He wants to lay hold of that for which Christ laid hold of him.

When it comes to portions, in the analysis of Jesus, it is all about servanthood. He said that the greatest, the one with the greatest portion, is the one who is the servant of all (Matthew 23:11). Jesus is the greatest because he served us all my agreeing to die the ignoble death on the cross. The more you serve the greater your portion.

The leader should properly delineate roles because conflict arises when there are unspoken expectation, demands not clearly delineated.

God as the ultimate leader takes it time to explain the roles he wants us to function in. John the Baptist was very clear about his role. He was supposed to baptise the people of Israel with water (Mark 1:8); that was his portion, on which he focused. He was not called to baptise in the Holy Spirit, which was Jesus’ role.

Paul was very clear about his role. He said that Christ has called me to preach the gospel and not to baptise. And he was focused on it. That was his portion. He recognised that the apostleship of the gentiles was committed to him, while that of the Jews was committed to Peter (Galatians 2:7-8).

Do you know what has been committed to you? If not, you may be living an aimless life. Because there is nothing that gives focus more than when in pursuit of an assignment from God.

Jesus was focused on his assignment/portion on earth so much so that he was not afraid of death. When some people told him to hide himself because Herod, noted for brutality was looking for him, he said: “go tell that fox, today and tomorrow I cast out demons and performs cures, and the third day I will be perfected. I am not going to die outside of Jerusalem (Luke 13:31-33).” His sense of destiny and his timing was that strong.

The time you have appeared in history is also your portion. Therefore you are a steward of your time, gifts and opportunities.

When Jesus met a Samaritan woman by a well and communicated to her the truth about himself, he later on told the disciples that he had a food to eat that they do not know about, “my food is to do the will of God and to fulfil his work (John 4:34).” In another place he said: I must work the work of him who sent me while it is day the night comes when no one can work (John 9:4). The night is when we leave this world.

He defined himself by his purpose, his portion, and at the end of his life he said: it is finished (John 19:30). Paul used a similar phrase near the end of his life. He said: I have finished my course, I have kept the faith (2Timothy 4:7).

After the death of Moses, God gave Joshua the role of leading the Israel into the Promised Land. He asked Moses to lay his hands on him to transfer his authority and wisdom to him.

That was necessary because the plan of God for Moses and for which he had anointed him was to lead the children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan, but because of Moses’ sin there was a slight change of plan.

God said his portion will be made smaller, he will no longer lead the children of Israel over the Jordan. But since he had been anointed for it, he needed to transfer the anointing for that to Joshua, to take over some of the role he was given (Deuteronomy 34:9). Similarly when Elijah was going to prematurely go off the scene, God asked him to anoint Elijah prophet in his stead to take over his role, his portion, in Israel (1Kings 19:15-16).

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